RANDOLPH CENTER, Vt (Jan. 10, 2022) — At a virtual membership meeting of all 62 Small Business Development Center (SBDC) networks in the national association, the membership elected Linda Rossi, State Director of Vermont’s Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC), to another two-year term on the national Board, and the board then elected Rossi as Chair for this year. Rossi previously served as both Secretary and Vice-Chair for the national board.
“It’s an incredible honor to serve in this role, and to lead our dedicated board members through times of challenge and great opportunity as we represent our colleagues across the country in advancing the strategic priorities for America’s SBDCs,” said Rossi.
As State Director of Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) since 2013, Rossi has led her high-performing team to provide no-cost, one-on-one confidential advising and market-demanded training that has inspired thousands of business owners, start-ups, and student entrepreneurs who now thrive in the Vermont marketplace and serve their customers with pride and quality.
A Vermont resident for more than two decades, Rossi joined the VtSBDC program in 2005 as a business advisor. Since that time, she has held the positions of Assistant Director and Associate State Director prior to becoming State Director in 2013. Prior to her tenure at VtSBDC, Rossi spent 20 years in the private sector as a national project manager for IBM, and as a business manager for four start-up and growing small businesses. She also served as an adjunct faculty member in higher education and the treasurer and founding board member of a non-profit organization.
For 30 years VtSBDC has been hosted by the Vermont State Colleges, at Vermont Tech with staff serving every county. VtSBDC was the recipient of the 2020 New England Excellence and Innovation Center Award facilitated by the Vermont District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
VtSBDC (Vermont Small Business Development Center), is funded in part by the SBA and the State of Vermont Agency of Commerce.
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